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Clusters of Pearls

by: Jennifer Tough

It's time to get started on your holiday earrings. These take a bit of time, but are so well worth the effort.

Take two fabulous briolettes, and some luscious small pearls, and you've got yourself an absolutely fabulous pair of earrings. If you want to go super luxe - do it all in gemstones or Swarovski Crystals!

Watch for the blog post sometime on Thursday October 21st for more detailed instructions on wire wrapping your briolettes. It might be later in the day by the time I get all of the pictures and instructions written.

The briolettes are wire wrapped onto a very short bit of chain, about 1 1/2 cm long.

Next, wire wrap some of your pearls directly onto the chain. Then wire wrap the rest of your pearls onto the links of the other pearls. This is what creates the cascading effect. You can make it as sparse, or as full as you like. The look will vary depending on your choice of pearls - It's best to keep the pearls on the small side though.

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bsn601 Earring - 15mm Fishhooks - Sterling (Pair)

(1 pair)

Price: $ 1.95
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s19543 Freshwater Pearls - 4 x 5 mm Rice - Metallic Green (strand)

(I used about half a strand total for the pair of earrings - about 36 pearls)

Price: $ 14.95
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22601020 Headpins - 1.5in / 24ga Flat Head - Rhodium Plated (100)

(You'll need quite a few - depending on how many pearls you decide to use. 1 for each pearl. 1 pack will be plenty though)

Price: $ 2.15
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bs040 Sterling Chain - 2x3mm Oval Chain - Sterling (Inch)

(You'll only need about an inch of chain for the pair.)

Price: $ 0.82
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impssw24gads Sterling Wire - 24ga / 0.5mm Round - Dead Soft (foot)

(get two feet - You'll have a bit left over, but 1 foot isn't quite enough)

Price: $ 2.25
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Qty: 2 34760100085360 Swarovski Bead - 5.5x11mm Briolette Drops (6010) - ErinitePrice: $ 2.36
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